Make Your Own German Glass Glitter DIY


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You know that awful feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach when you drop a favorite vintage Christmas ornament...or two, or three?
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Kaboom...they fall to the ground!

I try to be so careful with mine when putting out for display and putting them away for the next year, but it happens. I'm going to share a tutorial with you today that I really think you will enjoy, and something that I've been doing for years now. 


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If you save up the broken bulbs you can create the best handmade glitter! I stumbled up this technique when I started saving my own broken bulbs knowing that someday I would find a use and it just made sense! 

The vintage bulbs are paper thin (hence~fragile) and this glitter technique will give you sparkles that are similar to the German glass glitter that crafters love...


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So here's what you will do...


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My daughter was kind enough to help me here, and she pulled off the reusable tops from the broken ornaments. Be sure to save those...


Make Your Own German Glass Glitter DIY

I like to put all of the broken bulbs into a Ziploc freezer bag within a paper towel first. The shards are VERY SHARP, so the paper toweling will help them from poking through the bag. Proceed doing this technique with caution to avoid cuts to your fingers!

If you have a rolling pin, next you will roll it over the bag several times back and forth. This will crush the glass into bits. You can also use a hammer or a rubber mallet but I prefer this method. No rolling pin? No problem. Use a glass turned on it's side...

Open and check until it's sufficiently crushed...

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Here is how it will look. It's not super fine, but it has so much sparkle!..

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The glitter can be applied to anything in your Christmas arsenal. Above I've used a clear ball and brushed some craft glue on in spots and then sprinkled on with a small spoon. I would not suggest using your hands, as it's sharp...

Make Your Own German Glass Glitter DIY

The glitter can be used to fill some clear glass balls with a small spoon by pulling the top off to sprinkle...

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Both results shown here...


Glue the glitter on to pinecones as well for a bit of glitz. You know how I love a spritz of glitz!..

Make Your Own German Glass Glitter DIY

 Outside...
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Inside...
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It even looks pretty displayed on a plate!